Officially on the way back!!
Trip Start Jan 23, 2010
27Trip End Jan 29, 2012
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In Noosa it was telling us that we need to go South to get back to Western Australia and now we are in Rockhampton, it's telling us North. So it must be true, we have gone so far round that we are heading back. Weird, cause it doesn't feel like that.
I cannot believe that we have been on the road for over a year and a half now. Sometimes we do think we are ready to be home as the constant packing and unpacking the van gets tiresome. Then we go somewhere, or meet some people, experience something amazing and cannot understand why everyone else is not out and about experiencing this amazing country. Too many times we hear "Oh how lucky are you, we have always wanted to do that" Well do it already
We never thought when we arrived on the Gold Coast that we would come to love it sooo much. It is busy and hectic, but our home for three months and we left with another flood of tears. Whilst the hustle and bustle freaked us out in the beginning, we got in the swing of things and there really is a lot going on here. We embraced it. Leila joined a drama group and the end production (being the day before we left) was fantastic and Leila scored one of the lead rolls. She made some wonderful friends and wants to live here now!
Another highlight were the Theme Parks of Wet and Wild, Movie World and Sea World. We bought the yearly pass and we made the most of it - being there almost every week. At the Dolphin show at Sea World, we knew just the moment to volunteer to be a part of the show. Leila's hand went up so quickly the guy just had to chose her. She was able to get up close and personal with these wonderful creatures and you did not see a prouder mother!
The Howe family also joined us for a week on the Gold Coast and of course the Theme Parks.
The job that Fabio scored helped with feeling at home here, with it being the best company that he worked for. They get the whole 'look after your staff and they will look after you' concept and made it a pleasure to be a part of.
We also had a special visit from Nonna and Nonno to celebrate Nonna's brithday! Soooo good to be with family again and we made the most of the home cooking! (And she thought she came for a holiday!) They rented an apartment in Burleigh Heads with views to die for, thankfully a BIG kitchen - so why wouldn't we encourage her to make the most of it!! We couldn't get them to go on any of the Rollercoasters - but hey I didn't either the first sixteen times we went either. It was a lovely time for all of us and made us miss home just that little bit more. Can't wait until they join us in Coral Bay for Christmas!!
Tamborine Mountain and the surrounding area, was beautiful and only minutes from the City was a place that we could live
Queensland in general is very family friendly with lots of free activities organised. From science exhibitions to fitness in the parks. Brisbane was still being fixed up after the terrible floods and you struggle to see how it all was underwater. We took the ferry up the river and it was an excellent way to see the city and cheap. (gotta love the cheap!)
We headed to Noosa. well Tewantin actually, to catch up with Murry and Di - Coral Bay crew. Noosa reminds me somewhat of Byron Bay and getting a feeling that a lot of these Eastern Seaside resorts are rather similar - lovely, certainly - original, not so much!
We had to go see the iconic Australia Zoo - "Crickey!" is to be said at every opportunity. Now whilst I am not a huge fan of captive animals, the fabulous new 'Africa at Australia Zoo' was more in line with a wildlife park and it sat better with me. The exhibits were all immaculately kept - and the interaction that the staff had with the tigers was something to behold. Again educational and the children have spotted tiger balm in shops and have been outraged already
The crocodile show was again educational and you could feel the essence of Steve Irwin there. The children were on a constant lookout for Bindi. Round the park you could see lots of memorabilia from Steve and you couldn't help but feel the loss of this wildlife warrior.
The tourist drive from the zoo to Tewantin was beautiful and the scenic town of Montyville was well worth the longer trip home.
So as I said, this is the beginning of the journey home - we are a long way from it, but will be hotfooting it pretty quickly now, across this vast land of ours. I will update you on progress as and when I can. So it's up to Cairns and then across the top. We should be back in Coral bay soon.......Is that our home now??
To be continued.....